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Aluminum wiring #66485
06/05/06 03:32 PM
06/05/06 03:32 PM
mshaw  Offline OP
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 44
Fairborn, Oh, USA
I have been asked to bid a job to evaluate the condition of the aluminum wiring in two multi tenant apartment buildings. My first gut instinct is to say no due to the liability issues. Is there a proper way to go about this evaluation. One fellow electrician said you have to remove every device and check the connections and torque on eack screw/lug ect.

Ideas? HELP!

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Re: Aluminum wiring #66486
06/05/06 06:17 PM
06/05/06 06:17 PM
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Brick, NJ USA
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Re: Aluminum wiring #66487
06/05/06 07:32 PM
06/05/06 07:32 PM
Dnkldorf  Offline
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 1,064
nowhere usa
Bid it at T&M, in phases if they want..

CYA, Mike..

Re: Aluminum wiring #66488
06/05/06 07:44 PM
06/05/06 07:44 PM
Sixer  Offline
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 265
Not only do you have to check each device, but you are going to have to make sure each and every device is compatible with aluminum.

I went through this last year and ended up having to put a copper jumper between each aluminum conductor and the device terminals using wire connectors with a CU/AL rating. My supplier doesn't carry any devices that are rated for AL but was able to get me the CU/AL wire connectors. I did this job at T&M.


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Re: Aluminum wiring #66489
06/09/06 10:05 PM
06/09/06 10:05 PM
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Posts: 362

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Re: Aluminum wiring #66490
06/10/06 11:22 AM
06/10/06 11:22 AM
aldav53  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 545
Chandler, AZ USA
I saw in a new house being built, they used aluminum wiring for a 50a 240v circuit. Is this still used in the larger size wire? Is it legal? I know it for range cable, feeders etc., a long time after the 70's when they used the aluminum #12 general lighting circuits for homes.

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